Just recently previewed in house market kind, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata made its U.S launching in New York. As expected, the midsize 4-door sedan receives a meaningful mid-cycle upgrade that sharpens its appearance, boosts its dynamics and includes a choice of new convenience, benefit and driver-assist features. Hyundai hopes these change will make the Sonata a lot more competitive against competitors like the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Design
The brand-new Sonata boasts an edgier front fascia with a bigger, much deeper “Cascading Grille” configuration that consists of a horizontal-bar insert on base models and a mesh design on the Sonata Turbo. The Sonata Sport and 2.0 T models likewise feature a selection of blackout trim bits along with bespoke front/rear diffusers and integrated exhaust outlets. All 2018 Sonata variants have actually more elegantly rendered headlamps with complete LED units being a choice on some while the tail treatment nets a comparable slimmer, trimmer light graphic and a number of other subtle detail improvements. Completing the mix are brand-new, model-specific 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel choices.
The 2018 Sonata’s cabin gets a comparable update. Topping the list are various trim enhancements together with tidier instrument-cluster graphics, a new multifunction wheel, 7.0-inch color touchscreen display, faster-responding AVN 5.0 multimedia system and more finger-friendly piano-key design audio/HVAC controls. There’s also a brand-new rear-seat USB charge port and optional cordless smartphone charging capability together with basic support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The upgraded Sonata Sport 2.4 L now comes with a power sunroof, leather-bolstered sport seats, shifter paddles on its flat-bottom wheel and dual exhausts while a value-oriented SEL trim grade signs up with the lineup.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Engine
While Hyundai has yet to reveal anything about a 2018 Sonata Hybrid, powertrains in the other models mainly rollover. That includes the Eco-only 178-horsepower/1.6- liter turbo 4, naturally-aspirated 185-horsepower/2.4- liter and the turbo 245-horse/2.0- liter in the 2.0 T Sport and 2.0 T Limited. Sole modification here is that the Sonata’s range-topping engine swaps its present 6-speed automated for a new 8-speed unit that supplies a larger ratio spread. The 2018 Sonata likewise takes advantage of retuned steering and suspension systems that boost handling, improve body control and increase comfort.
Lastly, the updated Sonata offers a more comprehensive suite of basic driver-assist features that includes blind area detection with rear cross traffic alert to the mix. The lane departure alerting system readily available on upline trims is now boosted by lane keep help and the maps in the optional navigation system will offer a bird’s eye view and include no-cost real-time traffic/incident updates.
2018 Hyundai Sonata Release Date and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata gets here in dealership showrooms this summertime. Pricing and additional product packaging information will be released closer to the on-sale date.